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No, I am not pregnant! But someone is expecting!

Recently, as a gas fitter was replacing a part on our pool furnace, he discovered a nest of tiny little eggs in the bushes behind the pool shed.

Way down into the bushes, into the dried grass and weeds a momma bird had hollowed out a place where she could see the sun, and anything else that might peer into her nest, but deep enough that it would be out of the line of sight of any going by.

The gas fitter discovered it because th

 

ere was this tiny, very verbal, bird that kept yapping, flitting back and forth. He had the presence of mind to realize that the behaviors exhibited by this bird were protective, and that there might be a nest somewhere, so he started to look around, and eventually discovered what this mamma was protecting.

Into that hollowed out nest were five of the tiniest eggs possible.

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And now we wait …

Mamma bird is starting to get accustomed to my intrusions … although I am not getting accustomed to her greeting. About every second day I crawl up onto the upper part of our back yard, perched precariously on my knees, then try to spy the spot where the nest is located. Each time I ‘get’ to experience deeper understanding of the element of surprise, when mamma bird comes flying out at my face, squawking to scare me away from the family she is protecting.

 

I have tried to assure her that her family is safe in my eyes, and that my hands will never touch her precious treasures, but I do not seem to be as good at communicating my intentions as she is at communicating hers.

As a mom, I have to say that swallow or sparrow mamma really could have chosen a better, more safe place to lay her eggs. If my beast was ever off leash, she could get her nose into that nest in no time, as could any other four-legged creature … and there are many of the feline variety who walk through our garden. There is so much possibility of harm that could come to she and her babes.

As there is to each of us.

We often live a little on the edge, with potential dangers all around.

But we have One who loves and protects us, because He made us. He formed the birds of the air, and cares for them … He formed man and woman, and He cares for us too.

We are His, and He sees we humans as his ‘pièce de résistance’. He gives us the promise that He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5), that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7), that He has loved us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), and that we are more valuable than many … sparrows.

the value He places on us is

“So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:31

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As I watched the video below, I pondered the people who I pass in the hallways of the high school I work at each day.

What are they carrying?

How heavy, or light, is their load?

How are we able to keep going with the weight of what we each carry?

At what point does the weight of what we have packed within us, upon us, start to outweigh our ability to keep going?

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Hum, as I re-read the questions above, I just realized that my questions went from being about ‘they’ and ‘them’ to ‘we’ and ‘us’ …

Our human condition is such that we all live in a broken world, in broken bodies, in broken minds and abilities and so we share the weight of imperfect, unplanned, sin-filled lives, in a sin-filled world. It is here that we can all meet around the table, and have something to add to the subject of the sorrow in our suitcases.

Many of us have quoted the verse “God will not give you more than you can handle” (1 Corinthians 10:13), and responded with, “I just wish He did not trust me with so much.”

There have been times when I’ve wondered of myself, at what point does the bending lead to breaking? Will the stress and anxiety of today manifest through :

a disease?
a mental break?
sweating drops of blood?

There is one thing I know, it will not affect my love for, or my relationship with my God, my Heavenly Father. That is, He is, the Rock I stand on, and my footing is always secure with Him. He is the one who carries my suitcase full of brokenness … hurt, disappointment, shame, sorrow, and more.

He is the one who tells me to “cast (hand over) ALL of my cares (my suitcase full of sorrows) on Him” (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22).

The passage in Peter says, “… because He cares for you.”

The passage in Psalms says, “… and He will sustain you, He will never let the righteous be shaken.”

I cannot say I am always confident about the “shaken” part, because I have certainly felt shaken. But maybe that shaking comes not from my feet, which are on firm footing, but from my heart and my head that rely so on each other, rather than on the foundation beneath my feet …

It reminds me of the Footprints poem :

“One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

He carries not just our suitcase of sorrows, He also carries us.

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